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6/24/13 at 09:57 AM 7 Comments

College Professor Forces Students to Publicly Promote Views They Disagree With

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When you head off to college, you expect professors to challenge you, expose you to new ideas, and help you become a well-rounded intellectual. Students in Linda Brunton’s classroom at Columbia State Community College got a rude awakening when, instead of helping them learn, she forced them to publicly support positions they could not agree with.

As a mandatory class assignment, Dr. Brunton told all students they must wear a rainbow ribbon pin for one day. Whenever anyone asked them why they were wearing the ribbon, they had to answer that they were showing support for the homosexual community and its political agenda. They were then supposed to write a paper about the “discrimination” they had faced. Several students objected, because they believe that homosexual conduct is immoral. When they expressed their concerns to Dr. Brunton, she ignored them. When they tried to explain their views, she told them they were just “throwing Bible verses at [her.]”

The Supreme Court has made it abundantly clear that the government cannot force you to say something that you don’t agree with. Even if Dr. Brunton wants students to hold particular views, she cannot make the students publicly support something they oppose. Dr. Brunton abused her power and authority as a professor in an attempt to force students to change their beliefs. Because of this, Alliance Defending Freedom recently wrote a letter to the President of Columbia State Community College, urging them to take action to ensure that students’ rights are protected.

The First Amendment protects your freedom of speech, but it also protects your freedom not to speak. If you are facing a situation like this at your school, tell us about it on our facebook page, or give us a call at 1-800-835-5233

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